Local Chatter: Trio of local students ‘Bowl for Kid’s Sake,’ West Pittston resident named valedictorian at Misericordia University, and more

July 31st, 2015 10:55 am

Locals ‘Bowl for Kid’s Sake’

A trio of locals in Luzerne County Community College’s Nursing Forum recently participated in the annual Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bridge Bowl for Kid’s Sake Bowlathon at Stanton Lanes in Wilkes-Barre.

Liz Golden and Victoria Petrosky, both of West Pittston, and Shelby Kopczynskie, Exeter, participated in the event.

Local advisor part of induction ceremony

The Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society of Luzerne County Community College recently held an induction ceremony at the College’s Educational Conference Center.

Involved with the ceremony was Alpha Sigma Lambda advisor and assistant director of admissions at LCCC Ed Hennigan. Hennigan resides in Exeter.

Balberchak named valedictorian at MU

Jillian Marie Balberchak, West Pittston, was one of four valedictorians of the Misericordia University Class of 2015. To earn the honor, one must achieve a grade point average of 4.0. Balberchak was awarded her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree during the commencement ceremony May 16.

Recognized as the first valedictorian to graduate from the nursing program, Balberchak accepted a position at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, in the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit.

Lambert named to bank advisory board

Kathleen M. Lambert, chief financial officer of McCarthy Tire Service Co. Inc. was recently named one of two new members to Community Bank N.A.’s Pennsylvania advisory board.

As CFO at McCarthy Tire Service Co. Inc., Lambert has helped guide the family business to become one of the 10 largest commercial tire dealers in North America. Lambert’s support of her community won her the Athena Award in 2014, and her business acumen earned her a spot among the Top 25 Business Women in Northeastern Pennsylvania in 2013.

Lambert is a board member of King’s College, where she received her B.S. in accounting and business administration. She is also chairman of the board of Wyoming Valley Health Care System/CHS, chairman of the board of the Association for the Blind, and sits on numerous other boards, including the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry.

A resident of Wyoming, Lambert lives with her husband, Gary. They have three children: Gary, Mary Kate and Timothy.

Happy Birthday wishes

Nora Musto English, of Pittston Township, will celebrate her birthday on Aug. 5.

Gracie Miller Proietto, of Dupont, will celebrate her birthday on Aug. 6.

Births announced

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center announces the following births:

A girl was born to Tabitha and Anthony McCracken of Hughestown on July 6.

A boy was born to Jessica Rosiak and Samaad Young of Pittston on July 6.

A girl was born to Jennifer and Jason White of Exeter on July 9.

A girl was born to Heidi Brown of Wyoming on July 17.

Misericordia University honored the academic accomplishments of four valedictorians for the Class of 2015 during the University’s 89th annual Commencement on May 16. Shown, first row, from left, Nicole Marie Smith, Farmingdale, New Jersey; and Jillian Marie Balberchak, West Pittston. Second row, Elisabeth Anne Karmondy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Sarah Margaret Nelson, Morris Plains, New Jersey.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_FOR-PUBLICATION-Valedictorians.jpgMisericordia University honored the academic accomplishments of four valedictorians for the Class of 2015 during the University’s 89th annual Commencement on May 16. Shown, first row, from left, Nicole Marie Smith, Farmingdale, New Jersey; and Jillian Marie Balberchak, West Pittston. Second row, Elisabeth Anne Karmondy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Sarah Margaret Nelson, Morris Plains, New Jersey. Submitted photo
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http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Lambert.jpgLambert Submitted photo
Seventeen LCCC students were inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society for adult learners. From left, first row, Leslie Hennigan, Shickshinny; Stephanie Birth, Shickshinny; Jacqueline Marko, Wilkes-Barre; and Cindy Etzkorn, Milford. Second row, Gerald Tipler, Berwick; Mary Sullivan, Swoyersville, director, student life and athletics, LCCC; Tanya Marie Mazur, Plains; and Ed Hennigan, Exeter, advisor, Alpha Sigma Lambda and assistant director of admissions, LCCC.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_alpha-sigma-lambda-inductees-15-1-.jpgSeventeen LCCC students were inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society for adult learners. From left, first row, Leslie Hennigan, Shickshinny; Stephanie Birth, Shickshinny; Jacqueline Marko, Wilkes-Barre; and Cindy Etzkorn, Milford. Second row, Gerald Tipler, Berwick; Mary Sullivan, Swoyersville, director, student life and athletics, LCCC; Tanya Marie Mazur, Plains; and Ed Hennigan, Exeter, advisor, Alpha Sigma Lambda and assistant director of admissions, LCCC. Submitted photo
Luzerne County Community College’s Nursing Forum recently participated in Bowl for Kid’s Sake. From left, first row, Dr. Deborah Vilegi Payne, Mountain Top, dean, nursing and health sciences, LCCC; Julia Bilbow, Sweet Valley, treasurer, Nursing Forum; Shelby Kopczynskie, Exeter; Liz Golden, West Pittston; Victoria Petrosky, West Pittston; and Sarah Zulkoski, Wilkes-Barre. Second row, Liz Senczakowicz, Shickshinny, associate professor, nursing simulation lab, LCCC; Nancy Glidden, Nanticoke, principal secretary, nursing and health sciences, LCCC; Mary Waclawski, Nanticoke, secretary, nursing, LCCC; Miranda Maur, Drums; Kati Walp, Wapwallopen; and Kelsey Keefer, Swoyersville. Third row, Marzena Kopczynska, Shavertown; Lisa Miller, Nanticoke; Hannah Smith, Sweet Valley, secretary, Nursing Forum; Kate Conway, Mountain Top; Peggy Sosnak, Wilkes-Barre, professor, nursing, LCCC; Tammy Gibbons, Wilkes-Barre; Katie Yanchuk, Dallas; and Allison Harris, Clarks Summit.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_nursing-forum-bowlathon-15-1-.jpgLuzerne County Community College’s Nursing Forum recently participated in Bowl for Kid’s Sake. From left, first row, Dr. Deborah Vilegi Payne, Mountain Top, dean, nursing and health sciences, LCCC; Julia Bilbow, Sweet Valley, treasurer, Nursing Forum; Shelby Kopczynskie, Exeter; Liz Golden, West Pittston; Victoria Petrosky, West Pittston; and Sarah Zulkoski, Wilkes-Barre. Second row, Liz Senczakowicz, Shickshinny, associate professor, nursing simulation lab, LCCC; Nancy Glidden, Nanticoke, principal secretary, nursing and health sciences, LCCC; Mary Waclawski, Nanticoke, secretary, nursing, LCCC; Miranda Maur, Drums; Kati Walp, Wapwallopen; and Kelsey Keefer, Swoyersville. Third row, Marzena Kopczynska, Shavertown; Lisa Miller, Nanticoke; Hannah Smith, Sweet Valley, secretary, Nursing Forum; Kate Conway, Mountain Top; Peggy Sosnak, Wilkes-Barre, professor, nursing, LCCC; Tammy Gibbons, Wilkes-Barre; Katie Yanchuk, Dallas; and Allison Harris, Clarks Summit. Submitted photo


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